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The Historic Preservation Commission advises the City Council in all matters concerning historic preservation. The mission of the Commission is to provide protection for significant properties and archeological sites that represent important aspects of Tempe’s heritage; to enhance the character of the community by taking such properties and sites into account during development; and to assist owners in the preservation and restoration of their properties. The Commission performs the following duties and activities: 1) reviews applications (subject to specified criteria) for the designation of landmarks, historic properties and historic districts and makes recommendations to the Development Review Commission and City Council; 2) reviews and makes decisions (subject to specified criteria) on applications for proposed alterations, new construction, demolition or removal affecting landmarks, historic properties or properties located within an historic district; 3) makes recommendations to the City Council concerning the use of federal, state, city or available private funds to promote the preservation of properties and districts within the City; 4) makes recommendations to the City Council and other applicable boards and commissions, changes in the Zoning and Development Code, building code, general plan or other local laws; 5) cooperates with representatives designated by the property owners of the district from designated historic districts to formulate design guidelines for alterations and new construction within their districts; 6) initiates and conducts detailed studies and surveys of properties, structures, and areas within the City and assess their potential for designation, and in order to formulate an historic preservation plan for the City; and 7) develops and participates in public information activities in order to increase public awareness of the value of historic preservation; and performs other functions that will encourage or further the interests of historic preservation.

The Commission consists of seven (7) members and two (2) alternate members, who are Tempe residents, with a demonstrated interest in or knowledge of historic preservation. Terms are for three years. The membership of the Commission includes three (3) at-large members and four (4) professionals, drawn from the following disciplines, with no more than two (2) such professionals from the same discipline: architecture, architectural history, archeology, historic preservation law, history, landscape architecture, planning, building construction, or other related field. The Commission must hold a minimum of four (4) public meetings/hearings per year. Additional meetings may be called at the discretion of the Commission chair or four (4) or more members of the Commission. Meetings are usually held at 6:00 p.m. on a Thursday, in Hatton Hall, 34 East Seventh Street, Tempe. (City Code, Chapter 14A, Section 14A-3; Zoning and Development Code, Part 1, Chapter 3, Section 1-304)

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To access agendas and minutes for meetings prior to 2012, visit the Archives.

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